As the warmer weather approaches, kids will be starting to play outside and embracing the summer fun, but with research indicating the prevalence of hayfever in the UK has at least doubled in the last thirty years, your little one could be feeling sneezier than you did as a child. Boots UK is raising the health and happiness of the nation by helping you spot and treat your child’s hayfever symptoms, so they can enjoy summer as much as you did when you were their age.
Hayfever usually affects children from age seven, with older children and teenagers more susceptible than adults. The allergy can be particularly distressing for children, who can find the symptoms harder to manage and often don’t ask for help.
But why is hayfever increasingly prevalent among children?
Dr Peter Burt, Aerobiologist at the University of Greenwich explains: “The increase in children with hayfever has been linked to the ‘hygiene hypothesis’. This suggests that keeping our children more isolated from the outside world and giving them less opportunities to get really dirty has reduced their exposure to a variety of germs, and led to childrens’ immune systems developing less robustly.”
Boots Pharmacist Angela Chalmers comments, “When it comes to the increasing prevalence of allergies, diet, lack of exercise, our environment, use of antibiotics and a family history of allergies may also play a role. The latest advice recommends that despite the ‘hygiene hypothesis’, we shouldn’t be relaxing our hygiene standards to try to reduce the risk of developing an allergy.5 If your child has hayfever symptoms, or you would like advice on how best to manage their allergies head to Boots UK where a pharmacist will be able to help.”
If you’re looking for hayfever relief options for your little one, consider Boots Pharmaceuticals Allergy Relief, 1 Year Plus Antihistamine 2mg/5ml Syrup, £3.79 is an antihistamine which relieves sneezing, runny nose and itching associated with hayfever. Suitable for adults and children of one year and over, contains Chlorphenamine Maleate, always read the label.
Help your child beat their summer sneezes so they can enjoy the season to the full with advice and treatment from Boots UK.